Poem on Seeking the Intercession of the Prophet (s.a.w.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam Shihab ad-Din Abu al-Fadhl Ahmad ibn ‘Ali ibn Hajr al-‘Asqalani (r.a.) wrote:

“By the gate of your generosity stands a sinner, who is mad with love,
O Best of Mankind in radiance of face and countenance!
Through you, he seeks a means,
Hoping for Allah’s Forgiveness of slips;
From fear of Him, his eyelid is wet with pouring tears.
Although his genealogy attributes him to a stone,
How often tears have flowed, sweet, pure and fresh!
Praise of you does not do you justice, but perhaps,
In eternity, its verses will be transformed into mansions.
My praise of you shall continue for as long as I live,
For I see nothing that could ever deflect me from your praise.”

In this poem, the line, “Although his genealogy attributes him to a stone,” is a double entendre since “stone”, in Arabic, is “hajr”.


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